James Woods Biography (1947-)

Full name, James Howard Woods; born April 18, 1947, in Vernal, UT; son of Gail Peyton (an army intelligence officer) and Martha (a schoolteacher and preschool operator; maiden name, Dixon) Woods; brother of Michael Woods (an actor); married Kathryn Morrison-Pahoa (a costume designer), 1980 (divorced, 1983);married Sarah Marie Owen (a horse trainer), June 2, 1989 (divorced, 1990). Addresses: Agent: Chris Andrews, International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211; (voice work) William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2775.; Manager: Keith Addis, Industry Entertainment, 955 South Carrilo Dr., Third Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90048.; Publicist: Guttman Associates Public Relations, 118 South Beverly Dr., Suite 201, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor
Birth Details
April 18, 1947
Vernal, Utah, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Appearances
  • Bill Schmidt, The Visitors, United Artists, 1972
  • Lieutenant Wyatt, Hickey & Boggs, United Artists, 1972
  • Frankie McVeigh, The Way We Were, Columbia, 1973
  • Bank officer, The Gambler, Paramount, 1974
  • Larry, Distance, Coe, 1975
  • Quentin, Night Moves, Warner Bros., 1975
  • Crainpool, Alex & the Gypsy (also known as Love and Other Crimes), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1976
  • The Billion Dollar Bubble, 1976
  • Harold Bloomguard, The Choirboys (also known as Aenglarna),Universal, 1977
  • Gregory Powell, The Onion Field, Avco-Embassy, 1979
  • The fiddler, The Black Marble, Avco-Embassy, 1980
  • Aldo Mercer, Eyewitness (also known as The Janitor), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981
  • Charles Pratt, Split Image (also known as Captured), Orion,1982
  • Fast-Walking Miniver, Fast-Walking, Lorimar, 1982
  • Max Renn, Videodrome, Universal, 1983
  • Jake Wise, Against All Odds, Columbia, 1984
  • Maximilian "Max" Bercovicz/Secretary Christopher Bailey, Once upon a Time in America (also known as C'era una volta in America), WarnerBros., 1984
  • Max Renn (in archive footage of Videodrome), Terror in the Aisles (also known as Time for Terror), 1984
  • Joshua Shapiro, Joshua Then and Now, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985
  • Richard "Dick" Morrison, "Quitters, Inc.," Cat's Eye (also known as Stephen King's Cat's Eye), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1985
  • Richard Boyle, Salvador, Hemdale, 1986
  • Cleve, Best Seller, Orion, 1987
  • Lenny Brown, The Boost, Hemdale, 1988
  • Lloyd Hopkins, Cop, Atlantic, 1988
  • Eddie Dodd, True Believer (also known as Fighting Justice),Columbia, 1989
  • Michael Spector, Immediate Family (also known as Parental Guidance), Columbia, 1989
  • Detective lieutenant John Moss, The Hard Way, Universal, 1992
  • Gabriel Caine, Diggstown (also known as Midnight Sting), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1992
  • Jack Russell, Straight Talk, Buena Vista, 1992
  • Lawyer Scott, Chaplin (also known as Charlot), TriStar, 1993
  • Jack Benyon, The Getaway, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994
  • Ned Trent, The Specialist (also known as El especialista),Warner Bros., 1994
  • Carl Panzram, Killer: A Journal of Murder (also known as The Killer), First Independent, 1995
  • H. R. Haldeman, Nixon, Buena Vista, 1995
  • Lester Diamond, Casino, Universal, 1995
  • Byron de la Beckwith, Ghosts of Mississippi (also known as Ghosts from the Past), Columbia, 1996
  • Reggie Makeshift, For Better or Worse, Columbia, 1996
  • Michael Kitz, Contact, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Uncle Sam, Kicked in the Head, Imperial Entertainment, 1997
  • Voice of Hades, Hercules (animated), Buena Vista, 1997
  • Alan Mann, True Crime, Warner Bros., 1998
  • Jack Crow, John Carpenter's Vampires (also known as Vampires and Vampire$), Columbia, 1998
  • Mel, Another Day in Paradise, Trimark, 1998
  • Colonel Robert Moore, The General's Daughter (also known as Wehrlos--Die Tochter des Generals), Paramount, 1999
  • Dr. Harvey Mandrake (some sources cite Dr. Powers), Any Given Sunday (also known as Gridiron and The League), Warner Bros., 1999
  • Ringside fan, Play It to the Bone (also known as Play It),Buena Vista, 1999
  • Voice of Hades, Hercules: Zero to Hero, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Mr. Lisbon, The Virgin Suicides (also known as Sophia Coppola'sThe Virgin Suicides), Paramount, 2000
  • Dr. Wilhelm Von Huber, Race to Space, Columbia/TriStar Home Video,2001
  • Father McFeely, Scary Movie 2 (also known as Scarier Movie), Miramax/Dimension, 2001
  • Mr. Leonard D'Onofrio, Riding in Cars with Boys, Columbia, 2001
  • Voice of General Hein, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (animated; also known as Final Fantasy: The Movie and Fainaru fantaji),Columbia/TriStar, 2001
  • Voice of Dr. Phillium Benedict, Recess: School's Out (animated), Buena Vista, 2001
  • Dr. Raymond Turner, John Q, New Line Cinema, 2002
  • Himself, Behind the Scenes of "John Q" (documentary), New Line Home Video, 2002
  • Himself, The Return to the Onion Field, Kinowelt Home Entertainment, 2002
  • Voice of Falcon, Stuart Little 2 (animated), Columbia, 2002
  • Voice of Gloomius Maximus, Rolie Polie Oli: The Great Defender of Fun (animated), Walt Disney Home Video, 2002
  • Voice of Hades, Mickey's House of Villains (animated), 2002
  • Walter O'Brien, Northfork (also known as North Fork), Paramount, 2003
  • Film Work
  • Producer
  • (With others) Cop, Atlantic, 1988
  • Another Day in Paradise, Trimark, 1998
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Reporter, Footsteps (also known as Footsteps: Nice Guys FinishLast and Nice Guys Finish Last), 1972
  • Rick, A Great American Tragedy, 1972
  • Bank officer, The Gambler, 1974
  • Addict, Foster and Laurie, 1975
  • Assistant district attorney Joseph Ryan, The Disappearance of Aimee, NBC, 1976
  • Leonard "Lenny" Schoenfeld, F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood, 1976
  • Captain Sammy Berg, "Raid on Entebbe," The Big Event, NBC, 1977
  • Alfred Browning, The Gift of Love, 1978
  • Danny Corelli, ... And Your Name Is Jonah, CBS, 1979
  • Sin Eater, The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel, 1979
  • Assistant district attorney Robert K. Tannenbaum, Badge of the Assassin, 1985
  • James B. "Jim" Stockdale, In Love and War, NBC, 1987
  • Robert, "Hills Like White Elephants," Women and Men: Stories of Seduction, HBO, 1990
  • Walter Farmer, The Boys (also known as The Guys), ABC, 1991
  • Roy Marcus Cohn, Citizen Cohn (also known as Rules of Misconduct: The Roy Cohn Story), HBO, 1992
  • Matt Coler, Next Door, Showtime, 1994
  • Paul Clark (some sources cite Paul Moore or Tom), Jane's House, CBS, 1994
  • Danny Davis, Indictment: The McMartin Trial, HBO, 1995
  • Weston Tate, Curse of the Starving Class, Showtime, 1995
  • Temple Rayburn, The Summer of Ben Tyler, CBS, 1996
  • Dennis Barrie, Dirty Pictures, Showtime, 2000
  • Voice characterization, Daria: Is It Fall Yet? (animated), MTV, 2000
  • Rudolph "Rudy" Giuliani, Rudy!, USA Network, 2002
  • Specials
  • Andrew Lynch, "All the Way Home," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1971
  • CBS' Happy New Year America 1986, CBS, 1985
  • D. J., "Promise," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1986
  • Himself, Funny, You Don't Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville (also known as Funny, You Don't Look 200), ABC, 1987
  • Host, Crimes of Passion, ABC, 1988
  • Bill Wilson, "My Name Is Bill W." (also known as "The Bill Wilson Story"), Hallmark Hall of Fame, ABC, 1989
  • Host and narrator, Wildfire, TBS and PBS, 1990
  • Host and performer, Voices That Care, Fox, 1991
  • Larry King TNT Extra (also known as The Larry King Special ...Inside Hollywood), TNT, 1991
  • Welcome Home America!: A USO Salute to America's Sons and Daughters, ABC, 1991
  • Host and narrator, Mobs and Mobsters, ABC, 1992
  • HBO's 20th Anniversary--We Hardly Believe It Ourselves, HBO and CBS, 1992
  • Host, Great Television Moments: What We Watched, ABC, 1993
  • Inside the Academy Awards, TNT, 1997
  • Movie Surfers: Go Inside Disney's "Hercules," The Disney Channel,1997
  • Narrator, AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Movies, CBS, 1998
  • Narrator, America's Endangered Species: Don't Say Good-bye, NBC, 1998
  • Hollywood & Vinyl: Disney's 101 Greatest Musical Moments, VH1,1998
  • Masters of Fantasy: John Carpenter, Sci-Fi Channel, 1998
  • Host, World's Deadliest Earthquakes, ABC, 1999
  • Narrator, The Road to Rapture, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Stars, CBS, 1999
  • The Triumph of Evil, PBS, 1999
  • Narrator, Cheating Las Vegas, The Learning Channel, 2000
  • Narrator, Palm Beach: Money, Power, and Privilege, Arts and Entertainment, 2000
  • Narrator, Sensational Cities: New York, The Learning Channel, 2000
  • Himself, America: A Tribute to Heroes, multiple networks, 2001
  • Narrator, Digging for the Truth: Archaeology and the Bible, History Channel, 2001
  • Series
  • Voice of Hades, Hercules (animated; also known as Disney's Hercules), ABC and syndicated, 1998-1999
  • Voice of Hades, House of Mouse (animated), ABC, 2001-2002
  • Miniseries
  • Karl Weiss, Holocaust (also known as Holocaust--The Story of the Family Weiss), NBC, 1978
  • Voice of John Adams, Founding Fathers, History Channel, 2000
  • Voice of John Adams, Founding Brothers, History Channel, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Caz Mayer, "Death Is Not a Passing Grade," Kojak, CBS, 1974
  • Larry Kirkoff, "The Kirkoff Case," The Rockford Files, NBC, 1974
  • Alex Welles, "The Great Debate," Welcome Back, Kotter, ABC, 1975
  • Doug, "Trail of Terror," The Streets of San Francisco, ABC, 1975
  • Ted Ayres, "A Time to Mourn," The Rookies, ABC, 1975
  • Danny Reeves, "Sins of Thy Father," Barnaby Jones, CBS, 1976
  • Lewis Packer, "Thanksgiving," Police Story, NBC, 1976
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1979
  • "Dead Man's Hand: Part 1," Young Maverick, CBS, 1979
  • "Dead Man's Hand: Part 2," Young Maverick, CBS, 1980
  • Host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1989
  • Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1989
  • Martin's lawyer in an Uncle Bouncy suit, Dream On, HBO, 1990
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1991
  • Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1992
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1992
  • Mickey Cohen, "Since I Don't Have You," Fallen Angels, Showtime, c. 1993
  • Guest voice, "Homer and Apu," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1994
  • Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo, 1995
  • Saturday Night Special, Fox, 1996
  • The Entertainment Business, Bravo, 1998
  • Himself, The Howard Stern Show, E! Entertainment Television, 1999
  • Voice of Major Baklava, "Episode 3," Clerks (animated; also knownas Clerks TAS, Clerks: The Cartoon, and Clerks: Uncensored), ABC, 2000
  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (multiple episodes), NBC, 2001
  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2002
  • Provided the voice of Hades for an episode of Toon Jam (animated);appeared in Shark Bay, The Comedy Channel; also appeared in episodesof other series.
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 41st Annual Emmy Awards, Fox, 1989
  • Himself, The Fifth Annual American Cinema Awards, 1990
  • Presenter, The Second International Rock Awards, ABC, 1990
  • Grammy Legends Show (also known as Grammy Living Legends Awards), CBS, 1990
  • Host, The 12th Annual Ace Awards (also known as The Golden AceAwards and Golden Ace Awards), syndicated, 1991
  • Presenter, The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 1992
  • Presenter, The American Television Awards, ABC, 1993
  • Presenter, The Screen Actors Guild Awards, NBC, 1997
  • Presenter, The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1997
  • A Salute to Martin Scorsese (also known as The American Film Institute Salute to Martin Scorsese and 25th American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Martin Scorsese), CBS, 1997
  • Presenter, The 25th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1999
  • Hollywood Salutes Jodie Foster: An American Cinematheque Tribute,TNT, 1999
  • Presenter, The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 2000
  • Presenter, AFI Awards 2001, CBS, 2001
  • Presenter, The ESPY Awards, ESPN, 2001
  • Stage Appearances
  • Len, Saved, Chelsea Theatre Center of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City, 1970
  • Borstal Boy, Lyceum Theatre, 1970
  • Conduct Unbecoming, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1970
  • Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Theatre at Good Shepherd-Faith Church, New York City, then Lyceum Theatre, both 1971
  • Bob Rettie, Moonchildren, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1972
  • Green Julia, Sheridan Square Playhouse, New York City, 1972
  • Finishing Touches, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1973
  • Radio Appearances
  • Episodic
  • Himself, The Howard Stern Show, 1999
  • RECORDINGS
  • Music Videos
  • (Archive footage from the film Against All Odds) "Against All Odds(Take a Look at Me Now)," by Phil Collins, c. 1984
  • "Voices That Care," 1991
  • Video Games
  • Voice of Hades, Hercules, 1997
  • Voice of Gar Hob, Of Light and Darkness, Interplay Productions, 1998
  • Voice of Hades, Kingdom Hearts, Square Soft/Square Electronic Arts, 2002
  • Audiobooks
  • Koko, Simon & Schuster, 1988
  • Mystery, Simon & Schuster, 1990
  • Two Past Midnight: Secret Garden, Secret Window, Penguin/Highbridge, 1991
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • Falling in Love in Pongo Ponga (promotional film), SKYY Vodka, 2002

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996
    Periodicals
    • American Film, May, 1987, p. 38; May, 1990, p. 18
    • Cosmpolitan, October, 1994, pp. 188-92
    • Empire, Issue 1996, 1997, pp. 70-71
    • Entertainment Weekly, February 7, 1997, p. 78; July 18, 1997, pp.87-90
    • Film Comment, January/February, 1997, pp. 49-60
    • Maclean's, July 21, 1997, p. 54
    • Madison, February, 1999, pp. 84-91
    • Movieline, February, 2000, pp. 66-69, 115
    • Newsweek, June 23, 1997, p. 68
    • Parade, May 23, 1999, pp. 4-6
    • People Weekly, June 26, 1995, p. 114; November 3, 1997, p. 115
    • Premiere, March, 1997, pp. 51-55
    • Starlog, August, 1997
    • Variety, May 4, 1998, pp. 83-84
    • Vogue, January, 1989, pp. 76-78

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